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DePaul Concerto Festival Competition

January 10, 2015

2015 Open Division Concerto Festival Results

​The DePaul Concerto Festival for Young Performers was founded in 2003 to provide an opportunity for intermediate level pianists in the Community Music Division to perform with an orchestra. Repertoire was selected from sonatina movements and short piano pieces for which string accompaniments were available. Auditions were held and eight winners were selected to perform with the DePaul Youth String Orchestra.  In 2004, the Festival was expanded to include violin students and also offered a wider range of repertoire for pianists. In 2006, cello and flute were added to the roster of instruments. To accommodate the increasing difficulty of repertoire, a decision was made to conduct the Festival with a full symphony orchestra. A partnership was formed in 2007 with the Oistrach Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mina Zikri. That year, thirteen winners had the privilege of performing a concerto movement in concert.  In 2008, the Festival was opened to students outside of the Community Music Division. Viola was added in 2009, clarinet was added in 2012, and oboe and bassoon were added in 2013.


Piano,Violin,Viola and Flute soloists:  Sunday, February 22, 2015


Winning soloists will perform with members of the Oistrakh Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 14, 2015, as part of the Winter Youth Orchestra Concert.


Leevy Williams, 16 | Academy student of Gilda Barston


Honorable Mention with Distinction

Krystian Chiu, 18  |  Academy student of Hans Jorgen Jensen


Honorable Mention

Mia Wimbiscus, 11  |  Student of Gilda Barston

Claudia Yoon, 11  |  Student of David Cunliffe


Honorable Mention

Tyeese Braslavsky, 14  |  Student of Milana Pavchinskaya

Won Yang, 12  |  Student of Elaine Felder



Katherine Gallagher, 18  |  Academy student of Almita Vamos



Joshua Brown, 15  |  Academy student of Almita & Roland Vamos

Karisa Chiu, 15  |  Academy student of Almita Vamos

Steven Song, 15  |  Academy student of Gerardo Ribeiro


Honorable Mention with Distinction

Isabella Brown, 12  |  Student of Almita & Roland Vamos


Honorable Mention

Kitsho Hosotani, 14  |  Academy student of Paul Vanderwerf

Barbara Juminaga, 12  |  Student of Hye-Sun Lee


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